ISLAMABAD: Amid the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) sit-ins outside the Parliament House, the lawmakers on Friday advised the prime minister to beware of conspiracies being hatched against democracy.
Nawaz Sharif, who attended the National Assembly proceedings on the fourth consecutive day, was received warmly in the House.
“Find some quick solution to clear way for the movement of legislators, judges and ambassadors in order to avoid wrath of other party workers due to sit-ins,” the lawmaker urged the government.
The lawmakers again rejected Imran Khan’s and Dr Tahirul Qadri’s demand to seek the PM’s resignation and asked him not to fall prey to any conspiracy. “We ask both Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri to call-off their sit-ins immediately as they are causing great loss to the country,” they urged.
Compared to the previous day, the House had a thin presence, which also went to pass a resolution to condemn attacks on journalists by protesters in Islamabad.
“This House condemns the attacks and manhandling of journalists by the participants of sit-ins,” the resolution moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Aftab Ahmed Sheikh read. It also read freedom of expression was a fundamental right and all the people, including political workers, should respect it.
The House called upon the government to take notice of violent acts against the journalists and take action against those behind these attacks. Later, the minister urged the PTI and PAT to call off their sit-ins for the country’s sake.
Raja Javed Ikhlas said every patriotic Pakistani was concerned about the present political and economic circumstances, adding that the PML-N has open-heartedly accepted the mandate given by the people to various parties.
He said the PML-N could form a government along with its allies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but the PM made a principled decision and allowed the PTI to form government in the province. He said a parliamentary committee has been formed for electoral reforms, which was a good sign.
Sahibzada Tariqullah praised the government for being generous to the protesters and not taking any action against them. He suggested to the PM to consult his party members to resolve the issue. He also cautioned Nawaz that some of his own party leaders could revolt against him.
To a point raised by Ghazi Ghulab Jamal about the attack on PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s house in Multan, Information Minister Pervez Rasheed said the Punjab government has taken notice of the incident and a first information report has been registered. He said action would be taken against those responsible. Taking the law into their own hands was not the PML-N members’ culture, he added.
The minister informed the House that the journalists staged a token walkout to register their protest that their vehicles were not being allowed to park in the National Assembly parking. The chair asked the deputy speaker to look into the matter and resolve it. The session will meet on Monday.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) lawmaker Nawab Ali Wasan said the country was being made weaker through sit-ins and marches. Pakistan has sufficient resources to be prosperous, he added.
He condemned the tone being used by PTI Chairman Imran Khan against Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah. He said the PM should meet former president Asif Zardari and the issue would be resolved within days.
PML-N legislator Sajid Mehdi said conspiracies against Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif were being hatched.
Naseema Hafeez of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party urged political parties to make collective efforts to further strengthen democratic institutions. PkMAP lawmaker Mehmood Khan Achakzai said the protesters were breaching the privilege of the House. Both Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri had promised that they would not enter Red Zone, he added. The protesters should leave Red Zone so that the foreign ambassadors could move easily, he added. He said the issue should be resolved as soon as possible as the workers of ruling parties were losing patience and they could also jump into the fray. tanveer ahmed/app
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